Woman critically ill with H5N6 avian flu in Shenzhen

A Mulard duck is being fed at a poultry farm in Southwestern France. France found strains of the H5N3 bird flu earlier this month.
A Mulard duck is being fed at a poultry farm in Southwestern France. France found strains of the H5N3 bird flu earlier this month.PHOTO: REUTERS

SHENZHEN • A human H5N6 avian flu case has been reported in Shenzhen city in south China's Guangdong province.

The patient, a 26-year-old woman, is in critical condition and is receiving treatment in a local hospital, the Guangdong health department said on Tuesday.

Experts believe the infection is an isolated case, and there is little possibility of the virus spreading for the time being.

The world's first human H5N6 infection was reported in May last year in south-west China's Sichuan province. Four cases have been reported so far around the world, and all were confirmed to be isolated cases.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 31, 2015, with the headline 'Woman critically ill with H5N6 avian flu in Shenzhen'. Print Edition | Subscribe